So many people do not realize that you can do video work directly in Photoshop. That’s right, Photoshop! It’s not just for still images. In fact, Photoshop can work with vector graphics, 3D images and so much more.
This is the second of two tutorials. In the first, we showed you how to correct that annoying fisheye look that you get sometimes when filming with the GoPro HERO cameras (and other cameras when using a fisheye lens).
In my initial GoPro Hero review, I mentioned that I thought that Photoshop did a better job at correcting the fisheye issue. This was based on my initial tests and just messing around. However, after recording the tutorials, I have changed my mind. I feel like, for my situation, After Effects was able to achieve better results. I am still posting this tutorial, since I said I would, and in case some of you may not have After Effects, but have access to Photoshop.
Here is the video version of the tutorial. Scroll on down for written intructions.
Instructions for correcting the fisheye look in Photoshop:
- Import your footage into Photoshop.
- The easiest way to do this, I think, is to simply drag your footage over your Photoshop icon and drop. It will open automatically.
- In order to scroll through your footage, you’ll need to see the animation window, which is what video programs call the timeline.
- To get to it, click on the window menu and select animation.
- You could also click on the double chevron at the top right corner of Photoshop and click on the Motion workspace and it will bring this up automatically. Either method will work fine.
- Drag the Current Time Indicator to the frame that contains the plane you would like to use as your reference.
- Basically, a smart object is an object that allows you to perform modifications that are normally destructive, without losing the original data. So it’s making them non-destructive. For a more detailed explanation, watch the video tutorial above.
- To do so, right click on your layer in the layers palette and click on Convert to Smart Object.
- Find this under the Filter menu.
- A new window will open. This may take a few seconds.
- There are many parameters that you can adjust for all kinds of different corrections. I am only going to touch on what is relevant to this tutorial.
- You can use auto correction and choose a camera make and model. Photoshop does a nice job at fixing this. However, the GoPro is not an option for auto correct. So…
- Click on the Custom tab near the top of the screen.
- Turn on the grid, by checking the checkbox located at the bottom of the screen.
- If needed, rotate your footage by clicking the straighten tool, located on the left of your image (keyboard shortcut “A”). Then, click and drag along a straight line in your footage. When you release the mouse button, your footage will automatically alight itself by making the line you created the horizontal plane.
- Finally, adjust the “Remove Distortion” slider until the plane that you selected is straight along the grid.
- Select the File menu and click Export –> Render to Video.
- In the Render Video dialogue box, choose your file options.
- Click the Render button.
- Wait for you project to render. That’s it!
I hope that you have found this tutorial helpful. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to comment below. We will try our best to respond!
By the way, I am using Photoshop CS5.5, but you can check out the new version, CS6, here:
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